Archive for October, 2009

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

End of Season Celebration & Halloween Party at North City Farmers’ Market

Join us this coming Saturday, Oct. 31, for the North City Farmers’ Market’s end of season celebration and Halloween party.  See details below… or download a copy of the flyer in our Calendar section.

Since this will be the last day of the 2009 North City Farmers’ Market season, come on out to celebrate another great year of community life, healthy eating, and a new sense of vibrancy at the core of Old North.  Next year the market will take on a whole new look and a new location with the completion of the Crown Square redevelopment and re-opening of the street along the former 14th Street Mall.  The past couple months of the market have presented a few logistical challenges while 14th Street has been a massive construction zone, but the market team and the many volunteers have adapted to the constant surprises.  Thank you to all who’ve made this year a success - and thank you again to the Missouri Foundation for Health, which provided funding to make the North City Farmers’ Market possible. 

The Missouri Foundation for Health is a philanthropic organization whose mission is to improve the health of the people in the communities it serves.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Youth Leadership St. Louis Visits Old North

Yesterday a group of about 35 high school students participating in the Youth Leadership St. Louis program came by to learn about the work of Old North St. Louis Restoration Group.  After a presentation in the ONSLRG office on the history of the neighborhood and the achievements of an active and determined community with a vision, the students headed out to see the transformation in person.

The Youth Leadership group outside the soon-to-be "old" ONSLRG office

The Youth Leadership group outside the soon-to-be "old" ONSLRG office.

One of the highlights was a tour of the "Crown Village Gallery" which is just about ready, adjacent to the new ONSLRG office (coming soon!).

One of the highlights was a tour of the "Crown Village Gallery" which is nearing completion, adjacent to the "new" ONSLRG office (coming soon!).

The group braved the chilly weather to walk down 13th Street

The group braved the chilly weather to walk down 13th Street to see the 13th Street Community Garden and the future site of the Old North Grocery Co-op.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Crown Square Wins Development of Year Award

On Friday, Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis Development Corporation executive director Rodney Crim presented a Development of the Year Award to Crown Square at the city’s annual Business Celebration luncheon.  Crown Square is being co-developed by the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group (ONSLRG) and the Regional Housing & Community Development Alliance (RHCDA).  The $35 million, 27 building redevelopment of the former 14th Street Pedestrian Mall is nearing completion.

Mayor Slay and SLDC Exec Dir Rodney Crim presented the award

Shown on the big screen at the America's Center Ballroom at Friday's luncheon, Mayor Slay (on the left) and SLDC Executive Director Rodney Crim (on the right) presented the award to RHCDA President Stephen Acree, ONSLRG Executive Director Sean Thomas, and RHCDA Project Manager Aaron Burnett.

Tino Ochoa, Aaron Burnett, Sean Thomas, Stephen Acree, Mike Harris, and Phil Krull

Celebrating the recognition for Crown Square were ONSLRG's Board President Tino Ochoa, Aaron Burnett of RHCDA, Sean Thomas of ONSLRG, Stephen Acree of RHCDA, Mike Harris, CEO of general contrator E.M. Harris Construction Co., and Phil Krull, Vice President at E.M. Harris.

Watch this site in the coming week for more photos of the progress achieved at Crown Square.

The Crown Square revitalization and Old North also got some attention from the city in the St. Louis Development Corporation’s 2009 Annual Report, which was passed out at Friday’s luncheon and inserted into this week’s edition of the St. Louis Business Journal.   The annual report features a front page photo of Phil Valko, ONSL resident and founder of the Urban Studio Cafe; an inside photo of Crown Candy; and on page, a profile of the Crown Square project (identified as Crown Village) as an example of a new and positive development in the city’s neighborhoods .


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Praise for Old North’s “edifying restoration and renewal”

Missouri Historical Society President Bob Archibald used his commentary on St. Louis Public Radio (90.7 FM) today to celebrate the revitalization of Old North St. Louis.  With a quick reference to the neighborhood as home of the much-loved Crown Candy Kitchen and a review of the community’s many years of decline, Archibald praised the passion and persistence of the area’s residents for bringing the neighborhood back to life:

“But some neighborhoods refuse to die. Thanks to the determined efforts of people hanging on in Old North St. Louis, Crown Candy Kitchen is in the midst of an edifying restoration and renewal. The enthusiasm of this re-emerging neighborhood is palpable. It’s been a slow process, not yet complete but moving with deliberation and good judgment.”

To read or listen to the whole commentary, click HERE to reach the St. Louis Public Radio website.


Welcome to the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group's blog. What's New in Old North chronicles the dramatic transformation under way in the neighborhood of Old North St. Louis. As a neighborhood just north of Downtown St. Louis, Old North is becoming a dynamic urban village of new and historic homes, a landmark eating establishment, beautiful community gardens, and a diverse, friendly, and engaged community.

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